Sail Away
Harry Nilsson Lyrics


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In America you'll get food to eat
You won't have to run through the jungle and scuff up your feet
You'll just sing about Jesus and drink wine all day
It's great to be an American

Ain't no lions or tigers, ain't no mamba snake
Just the sweet watermelon and the buckwheat cake
Ev'rybody is as happy as a man can be
Climb aboard, little wog, aail away with me

Sail away
Sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay
Sail away
Sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay

In America, every man is free
To take care of his home and his family
You'll be as happy as a monkey in a monkey tree
You're all gonna be an American

Sail away
Sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay
Sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay

You'll get food to eat
Sail away, sail away
Sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay
Sail away, sail away
We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay




Won't have to scuff up your feet any more
Ain't no jungle on this farm on a distant shore

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Harry Nilsson's Sail Away are intriguing as they paint a picture of an idyllic and carefree life in America, contrasting it with the struggles that people face in other parts of the world. The opening lines of the song - "In America you'll get food to eat, you won't have to run through the jungle and scuff up your feet" - are particularly striking as they describe a stark contrast between America and other nations. The song emphasizes that in America, life is easy and free from danger, which echoes the American Dream of prosperity and freedom. The lyrics go on to depict a land of abundance, where food is plenty, and there is no threat from wild animals or dangerous creatures.


Furthermore, the song speaks of the joys of being an American, where one can sing about Jesus and enjoy a glass of wine in peace. It talks about the absence of danger in America and the freedom that its citizens enjoy; they are free to take care of their homes and families and are as happy as a monkey in a monkey tree. The song's chorus, "Sail Away," is a call for people to leave behind their troubles and travel to America, where they can be free and happy.


In conclusion, Harry Nilsson's "Sail Away" is a song that paints a picture of the American Dream, where life is easy and free from danger, and people can enjoy the peace and prosperity that comes with being an American.


Line by Line Meaning

In America you'll get food to eat
In America, you don't have to worry about finding food because it is abundant and accessible.


You won't have to run through the jungle and scuff up your feet
Unlike other countries where people struggle to find food and must go through dangerous environments, America provides food and safety.


You'll just sing about Jesus and drink wine all day
In America, people have freedom of religion and can practice Christianity without fear. They can also enjoy recreational activities such as drinking wine.


It's great to be an American
Being an American has many benefits including opportunities, freedom, and a high standard of living.


Ain't no lions or tigers, ain't no mamba snake
America is relatively safe and does not have many dangerous wild animals.


Just the sweet watermelon and the buckwheat cake
America has delicious and unique foods to enjoy.


Ev'rybody is as happy as a man can be
People in America are content and satisfied with their lives.


Climb aboard, little wog, aail away with me
Come with me and experience the joy and freedom of America.


Sail away
Go and explore America's opportunities and freedoms.


We will cross the mighty ocean into Charleston Bay
We will enter America and its ports to start a new life.


In America, every man is free
America has a system of freedom and democracy, where individual rights are protected.


To take care of his home and his family
People in America have the opportunity to provide for themselves and their loved ones.


You'll be as happy as a monkey in a monkey tree
Living in America means having joy and contentment in a peaceful and fulfilling life.


You're all gonna be an American
Regardless of where someone comes from, in America, they are given the chance to become fully integrated and accepted as an American.


Won't have to scuff up your feet any more
In America, people can leave behind the struggles and difficulties they faced in their previous country and start anew.


Ain't no jungle on this farm on a distant shore
America is a developed country with a stable economic system, making it a desirable place to start a new life.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Actual Music, S.L., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Randy Newman

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Comments from YouTube:

AlexRadeffandDonkey

Some people say Harry lost his voice after Pussy Cats but he sings as good as ever on this. Thanks for sharing and greetings from Toronto to all Nilsson fans !

Snowberry

I thought he sounded better after Pussy Cats than he did before, especially on this album.

TheStockwell

The overly tragic tale of his ruining his voice is pretty much a half-baked myth. Throats heal. His did. It became darker and rougher, but you can say the same thing about Sinatra's when he was in his fifties. On his last completed album, "Knnillssonn," Harry Nilsson was still able to toss off the high notes he was famous for.

Snowberry

@TheStockwell I'd say his voice was in much better shape on "That's the Way It Is" than it was on Knnillssonn.

the13corinne

👍☮️🦋🌼

Mike D

Damn, Harry had some set of pipes. One of the greatest American singers of his generation.

MagusMirificus

Everybody like "He's such a beautiful singer!" like he didn't just empty his guts in disgust, anger, and misery at the fact of Slavery and its ongoing consequences. Harry sings this song as a bitter, furious, suicidally despairing breakup song with the American Dream. It's one of the rawest moments in his career and one of the most honest pieces of pop music ever recorded.

perrytheimp

Bravo, you got the point!

jennifer lewis

Love it!!!

cuttinupthecarpet

Died so young and his first born son who passed last year of colon cancer really hurt especially after watching his videos and journey through cancer .RIP Harry & Zak

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